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Page-turner grabbing you and holding you tight in its’ pages!


Received “Bulwark” by Brit Linden a Paranormal – Thriller yesterday to read and write an honest review. I started reading it yesterday evening and made it halfway through before falling asleep. By mid-morning, I had finished the book. “Bulwark” by Brit Linden is a real page-turner!

A book about a sheriff of a small town in Georgia, Bulwark. Recently separated from his wife and lose of his young daughter, has much on his mind when on a night of a full moon things went from troublesome to downright strange. An accident victim tells fantastical stories, then unusual sightings of wolves. He even made a visit to an elusive Gingerbread house.

I was a bit confused a couple spots at the beginning but

 

it quickly cleared up and I was drawn back in each time.

Have a read:

Bullwark by Brit Lunden

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Agree to Disagree – We Have Agreed:


My friend and I are of two minds, she is a Vegetarian and I am a Meat Eater from birth. Grew up on a ranch that grass-fed our cattle, had free range chicken etc.  We also grew our own vegetables and fruit as much as possible.  My father was a big believer in faith and life that you used every aspect of a vegetable and animal that you possibly use, then return the rest to the Earth and give thanks to its’ sacrifice, so that your life could continue.

I have moved from the country to the city, so I may not have carried over EVERY teaching and tradition my father taught me but, I still give thanks for each mouthful I take and for each animal AND PLANT that gives their life so that my life may continue.

Yet, I was recently told that no matter how humane a farm/ranch is to take an animal’s life for food and eat animals is abuse. Ok, I understand this person’s point of view, which my best friend holds as well.  However, my question is this; if eating an animal is abuse then what do you call us encroaching onto the animal’s home’s with houses, cars, roads? you are such animal advocates. Perhaps give up your home, give up your car, a study shows 89 million to 340 million birds suffer fatal injuries from vehicle encounters annually, a range that accounts for dead birds taken by scavengers, carcasses missed by researchers and other uncertainties.  Or perhaps you should boycott skyscrapers, up to a billion birds die in collisions with the glass each year in the United States.

Then there is culling animal breeds: Read this article about the pros and cons of the habit and if it is considered ethical.  In Oklahoma, the habit is used frequently to get the population of deer and cougars down cause they can become overpopulated fast! It also keeps the illegal, unethical killing of animals to a limit cause there is a threat of legal action.

<just a wondering, hypothetical thought> I also wonder what a vegetarian would do if they found themselves facing a wild animal or some other animal who meant them harm? or meant to use “THEM” for food. Would they sit back and say killing the animal is abuse? Because, in the country many times killing an animal is just that life or death, to protect yourself, your family, and that of your livestock/pets. Because there are other animals in this world who are not of the mindset “we can only eat vegetables” That is why some of us – Animals and Animals (which is what we humans are) have canine teeth.

So, as long as I am a  human animal and apart of the food chain I am not going to feel guilty about being part of that food chain and eating vegetables OR meat. That is right, if you feel bad for animals then why not vegetables they are leaving entities too. It has been scientifically proven that they feel pain when part of them is cut off.  So, what makes it right to eat one living entity and not the other? Serious question folks.

Until I can have this seriously answered to me I am going to remain eating my meat and vegitables and continue giving thanks to both for giving me the ability to continue living. Continue giving thanks to the Great Being for giving me life and to Mother Earth for giving nutrients to both animals and plants alike.

We will continue to agree to disagree.

 

 

Credits and Information:

 

More information and arguments on con/pros for vegetarian or not:

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/xd74nd/we-asked-a-botanist-how-sure-science-is-that-plants-cant-feel-pain-302

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/earth-talks-hunting/

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/03/140305-culling-badgers-deer-bison-swans-ethics-conservation/

https://abcbirds.org/program/glass-collisions/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/05/29/bird-deaths-car-crashes/9623931/

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A New Mindset


I have been working on losing weight for the past couple of years and as you do when you’re working on losing weight it goes UP and then down.  You fluctuate all over the place you get discouraged and you give up, then you get back to it for what ever reason. My reason is that I need to beat Diabetes and need to get healthy. At the age of 50 and have many different ailments I don’t want to be laid up to early because I have two young daughters, two beautiful grand-daughters, and another grandbaby on the way.  I can not be laid up and unable to be there for them.

She transformed her mind and then her body! Haley Otman

“I used to live for the next meal. Like…literally eating lunch I was thinking about what I would eat for dinner. I have learned to enjoy NEW things about food. I’ve learned to love cooking and am finding new ways every day to make low sugar/carb meals that taste great but don’t keep me from my goals.”

FIRST – I want to say I believe that going all the way to a size two is too small unless you feel this is the size you are comfortable being and you are healthy. I know some people who are size 2 both because of medical issues and because that is just the size they have always been. But, if that is the size you are aiming for because you think that is the size you should be due to peer pressure or “public notions” – nope – be what ever size you feel healthy and comfortable at.

Now that I put that out there, I do agree with what is said in the article and the quote above. Shifting one’s mindset about food and eating in a different way is how to lose weight and keeping it off, not “dieting”.  Remember everyone is different, I am learning about myself, with my nutritionist, I am one who literally doesn’t eat enough. Yes, I know that phrase “doesn’t eat enough” seems contrary to trying to lose weight, I thought so too.

BUT, I forget to eat, I avoid food cause I just have no interest in it, which causes my body to shut down, my metabolism to shut down and start saving the fat for “that rainy day”.

I like to cook, I love to bake but unless I have someone to cook/bake for I could do with out except late at night sitting working on the computer or watching tv then I snack generally on unhealthy food, except I am learning to change this habit, and it is a habit.  When you are changing your mindset you are breaking a habit or working through an addiction.  Some people are literally addicted to food or some foods.  I am addicted to Dr. Pepper, not just any soda but Dr. Pepper and coffee.  So, I have to break these addictions and learn how to live with these addictions but control them. I don’t mean they are like someone who is an alcoholic because I can have a Dr. Pepper and not want another and another etc.  BUT, If I have a Dr. Pepper seems in my mind to say no to more Dr. Pepper day after day.  I just tell myself, oh I just have one a day, or this one won’t hurt me because it is just ONE. Or I even have one when no one is around and not report it on my food log.  These actions are the actions of someone who is addicted.  So, I take it one day at a time

I am addicted to Dr. Pepper, not just any soda but Dr. Pepper and coffee.  So, I have to break these addictions and learn how to live with these addictions but control them. I don’t mean they are like someone who is an alcoholic because I can have a Dr. Pepper and not want another and another etc.  BUT, If I have a Dr. Pepper seems in my mind to say no to more Dr. Pepper day after day.  I just tell myself, oh I just have one a day, or this one won’t hurt me because it is just ONE. Or I even have one when no one is around and not report it on my food log.  These actions are the actions of someone who is addicted.  So, I take it one day at a time and do my best to avoid Dr. Pepper.

I also have a body dysphoria issue, no matter how skinny or bulked up I ever got or will get I will see myself as fat, which partly causes this lack of interest in food but it is other issues too, which I am worked on. These issues keep me from noticing any changes with my body and within myself, this builds discouragement within me. When I am discouraged I tend to return to my “I am not interested in food and hate my body” mode. It is a horrible circle, however, if one works on their mindset towards food and eating differently and on breaking those old habits and addictions they have with and towards food, then being discouraged isn’t apart of the whole thing cause you aren’t in it to actually “look different or lose weight”, you are in it to learn about the way you eat, to learn about healthy foods and what to eat, what makes you healthy.

The losing weight is a side benefit and it also helps you be healthy mentally, physically and emotionally.

Great Bloothtooh earphones AYL AX8


 

I was sent these AYL AX8 Boothtooth earphone at a discounted price to give an honest review. It took me a bit to figure out how to connect them to two connections at once, mainly my Samsung Galaxy S5.

I finally was able to get it hooked up to both my computer (running Windows 10) and my Samsung Galaxy S5. I also had it connected to my old Motorola and Blackberry. I like having it connected to my computer and my Samsung phone cause I can listen to my music or audiobook as I am cleaning or working in my studio and if someone calls I can switch to my phone and talk hands-free. I would most certainly recommend this Bluetooth product to anyone, from the less active person to the athletic who is more active because they fit nice and secure in my ears and I have very sensitive ears.

#AYLBTEarphone http://amzn.to/2bcXKjt

Grumpy Old Wizards Spin A Spell of Suspense and Surprises



Grumpy Old WizardsGrumpy Old Wizards by John O’Riley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just finished reading John O’Riley’s book Grumpy Old Wizards – book 1, (this book was sent to me free of charge for an honest review).

An honest review isn’t hard to give since O’Riley’s book had me on the edge of my chair the whole time! It is a double-spaced 372-page book but I was so enthralled with it that I read the book in three days! It would have been less if things in life were necessary to attend to.

I ran across a couple of spelling errors, typos, and one area where I think a couple sentences got flipped around, but overall “Grumpy Old Wizards” flowed smoothly.

It is a great fantasy book for young adults to us elder readers who love magic, and surprises at every turn in a book.

#GrumpyOldWizards

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A Suspenseful Home Run!


The History MajorThe History Major by Michael Phillip Cash

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was sent “The History Major” free of charge for an honest review. I am so glad I received this book!! Mr. Cash hit a HOME RUN with “The History Major” I opened the book to start reading it and read most of it in one day! If I hadn’t had a doctors appointment and chores around the house, I would have had the whole book read in one day, but instead, I finished it in less than 2 days, (by the next morning).

Mr. Cash’s characters drew me in and kept my interest, as did the plot with many suspenseful twist and turns. I love history and he really kept me reading with his knowledge of different aspects of history that he interwove into the story and how they could help the story line. Just as I thought I had guessed what was happening, there was another twist and I was lift wondering what, and being drawn back in deeper into the story and the characters.

By the time, I finished the book I left retracing my own memories and questioning my beliefs of reality verse dreams, “What if…”

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A New Review Soon!


Had a new Author Charles LaFave reach out to me this morning via email to review his book titled: Greeth.

Here’s a quick link: http://amzn.com/B01DPQ4I3K

A review will be coming soon – keep an eye out because this looks like a very intriguing book!

If you have read this book let me know what you think of it.

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